In today's complex and fast-changing multi-cultural world, the study of theology and religion is more vital and relevant than ever.
There can be few better places to study theology and religion than Winchester. We have close links with Winchester Cathedral, a famous site of Christian worship for more than a millennium. Also, we are within easy reach of major centres such as London and Southampton, where you will find almost every faith community that is present in Britain.
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) offers a broad and varied undergraduate programme in Theology and Religious Studies. As a student in TRS, you will be taught by a lively, enthusiastic and well-qualified team of academics, committed to giving the best possible student experience. According to the Guardian University Guide 2010, 92% of the Department's students were satisfied with their teaching. A Winchester TRS degree is a great preparation for many careers: recent graduates have gone into journalism, teaching, counselling, social work, law, religious ministry and commerce, as well as postgraduate study and research.
For postgraduate students, we offer the MA in Death, Religion and Culture and the MTh in Orthodox Studies. For more information, visit the Postgraduate Studies page.
The Department has the largest group of MPhil/PhD students in the University, working on research topics ranging from Karl Barth to Christian Feminism, and from death in English poetry to Jews, Muslims and Christians in contemporary Israel.
Research in TRS is thriving and growing. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, over half our research activity was rated of international standing. The Department includes nationally and internationally respected researchers with a range of interests, including:
- Christian theology, ethics and politics
- Interfaith dialogue and theologies of religions
- Religion, gender and disability
- Chinese and Indian religious traditions
- Indigenous religions
- Faith, spirituality and social change
Conferences held by the Department include an ongoing series on 'Interfaith and Social Change' and the 'Death Days'; for information on forthcoming conferences, visit our News and Events page. TRS members' links with faith communities and professional groups also ensure that our research has an impact well beyond the academic community.
For more information about all of these activities, click on the links in the left-hand menu to access our departmental webpages. Please do not hesitate contact us - we would be delighted to hear from you.